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Protesters march against 'irresponsible' pony breeding

An eight-day march across Dartmoor has got underway in an effort to prevent ponies being bred for human consumption.

The organisers say they want to raise awareness of 'irresponsible breeding' programmes and have criticised conservation methods which encourage the slaughter of the animals.

Three pack ponies are taking part in the 164 mile walk from Dartmoor to Exmoor, carrying supplies for the trip:

The ponies at the beginning of the walk on Dartmoor Credit: A voice for ponies
The ponies are native to Dartmoor Credit: A voice for ponies

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Duke of Edinburgh team rescued from Dartmoor

The group of young walkers were rescued off the moor late last night Credit: PA

A Duke of Edinburgh team has been airlifted to safety after one of their members fell unconscious while hiking in Devon.

The young walkers called an ambulance to Cornwood on Dartmoor last night, and were assisted by the local search and rescue team.

It's still not clear what condition the injured member is in.

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Rescue group training with new helicopters

Dartmoor Rescue Group members board one of the new Commando Merlin helicopters. Credit: ITV News West Country

The Dartmoor Rescue Group have been training with new Commando Merlin helicopters, which are replacing the old Sea Kings.

They're preparing for the Ten Tors Challenge in four week's time when more than 2,000 teenagers will be trekking up to 55 miles across Dartmoor.

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